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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Automated Innovation

A book about automating innovation just brought to my attention ... not available until April 15. I guess I would be more interested in an automated capability to evaluate inventions effectively. Have investigated genetic methods to do that.

The Genie in the Machine: How Computer-Automated Inventing is Revolutionizing Law by Robert Plotkin
We have long considered inventing to be a uniquely human activity. But just as the assembly line automated the process of manufacturing, today's computers are automating the process of inventing. Software can automatically generate designs for everything from toothbrushes to antennas to automobile frames more quickly and inexpensively than ever before, thereby ushering in a new era of artificial invention. Inventors will use artificial invention technology to boost their inventive abilities to previously undreamed-of heights, enabling small teams of inventors to compete with mega-corporations who insist on inventing the old-fashioned way. Even consumers will be able to use artificial invention technology to become inventors themselves. We stand poised to see the emergence of the "digital renaissance artisan" — a person who will have the ability to not only design new inventions at the touch of a button, but also to manufacture them automatically from the comfort of home ...
(To author, send me a copy or preprint and I will review here)

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